iStockphotoEver wonder why some kids with terrible parents manage to make it into adulthood unscathed while others crumble? According to a recent study, the answer may come down to a specific genotype. Identifying whether or not your child carries it can help you raise them better.
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A team of researchers led by Benjamin Hankin, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver, tested about 1,900 children ages 9-15 and also interviewed and observed their parents. The researchers found that children with a long version of a specific gene called 5-HTTLP maintain a relatively even keel emotionally regardless of parental support. Children with the short version of the gene, however, experience a more dramatic range of emotions in relation to parenting styles: Those with supportive, positive parents were extra happy and those with negative parents were more profoundly discontent.
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